Saturday, June 7, 2014

What's next?: Round of 16 (7) 1959 Topps vs (10) 1966 Topps


I'm interested to see how this match turns out.  While the '59 set gets a fair amount of attention, the '66 set is one that really intrigues me.  FYI, the Grant Jackson RC in 1966 Topps books for more than the Palmer and Sutton cards, but I didn't include it as a key RC because it is short printed. 


Tale of the tape:

  1.  Set Size:  1959 has 572 cards.  1966 has 598 cards
  2.  Key RCs:  1959  Bob Gibson, Norm Cash  1966 Jim Palmer, Don Sutton
  3.  Cost of complete set in NM condition:  1959  $8000      1966  $4000
  4.  Number of cards with high book at $100 or more: 1959: 14 (includes Mantle $1K) 1966: 12 
Blogs:   1959 Topps  vs   1966 Topps 

The '59 Topps blog was recently wrapped up by Commish Bob, while the '66 Topps blog is written by Jim from Downingtown, and is still going strong.

I appreciate the support I've received so far; 19 votes last week was pretty good.   I'd like to hit at least 20 a week if possible, so get the word out if you can.

Thanks for reading, Robert

20 comments:

  1. I love the 1959 set and vote for it. It's got a lot more visual pop to it than the 1966 card has.

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  2. I may be the lone voice in the wilderness on this one, but I'm going with 1966. I know the set doesn't get a lot of love, but I've always liked it in a "less is more" sort of way... plus it gives a lot more real estate to the photo than 1959 does.

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  3. The 1959 set has an interesting design, but the photos in the 1966 set seem sharper, and the colors brighter.

    I vote for 1966.

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  4. This is the toughest call so far. I have a soft spot for the "simple" sets, like '66, '74, '78, '88, etc. But from a set building point of view, I don't think you can beat the visual pop of the colored borders in '59. It's tight, but I'll go with '59.

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  5. My first collecting memories (and at this point memories are all I have) include opening packs of 1966 so I have to go with them.

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  6. I have to go with '59 here.

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  7. The 59 set... I read everyone of Commish Bobs posts dedicated to the set.

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  8. They're both pretty good. But I guess I'd go with '66.
    (I think the most expensive set will always win every bout. It'll be interesting to see if any "underdogs" prove me wrong.)

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  9. 1959 in a bigger walkover than the '65 or '78. 1959 is one of Topps' true classics, and possibly the set that represents the era artistically better than any other.

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  10. I'll vote 1966. And if it wins and you don't care about condition, I'll pledge a Palmer rookie to the cause.

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  11. I think one could be happy collecting either set. Having collected the '66 set for a while (a while ago), though, I have to give it the edge for the reason I started to collect it: Ferguson Jenkins rookie card.

    1966 for me.

    By the way, I like that you're posting the 'key stats' for each set with these polls.

    Cheers,

    Richard.

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  12. Both sets would be nice additions and you can't go wrong. I choose the '66 set because it is one of the first pre 1980 sets I started to collect.

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  13. I just like the way the 59 set looks with the coloured borders.

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  14. I prefer the 66 set over the 59 set. I like the team symbols in 66, as well as the players name on top and the full team name at the bottom.

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  15. My oldest baseball cards are from 1959, so I vote for that set.

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